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SPS researchers take the Moon to Edinburgh Science Festival

Photo from L-R: Craig Walton (a PhD student at Cambridge and former intern and collaborator with Dr Mahesh Anand of SPS), Dr James Mortimer, Tara Hayden (SPS first year PhD students in Planetary Science), and Ross Findlay (SPS first year PhD students in Planetary Science).

Some of our researchers attended the Edinburgh Science Festival, held in the Scottish capital in April, showcasing an Apollo Moon sample and other precious meteorites.  

10th May 2019

OU scientist & NASA discover the surface of asteroid Bennu

NASA's OSIRIS-REx mission arrived at the 500-metre-sized asteroid...

10th May 2019

Post Doctoral Research Associate - Machine Learning and Citizen Science

We are looking for a postdoctoral research associate (PDRA) in astronomy/physics to develop crowdsourcing experiments (citizen science) and machine learning.

The role is based in the School of Physical Sciences at the Open University (OU). The research fellowship is to facilitate the design of new crowdsourcing experiments for major international astronomy, astroparticle physics and physics facilities, and act as project manager for these experiments.

10th May 2019

Moon Night

The School of Physical Sciences, Dr Mahesh Anand, led another successful Moon Night on Friday 7th December, very ably assisted by thirty volunteers from the School of Physical Sciences and STEM. Thank you to you all. The evening was enjoyed by a sell-out audience, including many school-age children. Particular highlights were an inspirational talk from Dr Ioannis Baziotis and two performances of ‘The Earth’s Reflection’ by Yazz Ahmed. Moon Night will return next year.

10th May 2019

OU researchers land European Space Agency grant

Manish Patel (STEM) and Leslie Budd (FBL) have been awarded a grant of €350,000 by the European Space Agency (ESA) - in the face of fierce competition from a number of international management consultants - for the project 'Benefits of the European Space Agency Exploration Roadmap in Socioeconomics' (BEERS). 

The project investigates and evaluates the socio-economic benefits of ESA space missions with respect to economic competitiveness and growth; new means to address global challenges/sustainable development goals and inspiration. 

10th May 2019

New planet discovered by SPS Scientists in international team

SPS astronomers Professor Carole Haswell, Postdoctoral Researcher Dr John Barnes and former SPS PhD student Dr Daniel Staab are among an international team which has discovered a new planet orbiting the closest single star to the Earth:

10th May 2019

Frances Butcher, SPS: Life on Mars?

Congratulations to Frances Butcher, SPS PhD Research Student, on the "Life on Mars?" article in The Guardian’s Weekend Supplement (13 October) about her research, OU STEM and Women in Science: 

10th May 2019

$3m Breakthrough prize to support under represented groups in Physics

Former OU staff member and honorary graduate Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell will give away her $3m Breakthrough prize to support under represented groups in physics.

10th May 2019

A journey to Mercury: TEDxLondon talk by Professor David Rothery

Professor David Rothery spoke at TEDxLondon in July about the upcoming BepiColombo mission, Europe’s first to Mercury.

10th May 2019

2018 OU Research Excellence Awards

Huge congratulations to the OU Rosetta Team who won the Outstanding Research Project Award at the inaugural OU Research Excellence Awards. Launched earlier this year, the Awards are designed to recognise excellence and celebrate achievement in research at The Open University. For further information please visit:

10th May 2019